bud·​gie ˈbə-jē How to pronounce budgie (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But neither are our times fair to all those dogs named Karen, or that one budgie named Omicron Variant BA5. New York Times, 15 Sep. 2022 The blue melanin is actually gray-black, and only appears blue because of the peculiar formation of the budgie’s feather barbs. Harry Taylor, Harper’s Magazine , 4 Nov. 2021 Occasionally a naturally occurring mutation removes one of the pigments to produce a yellow or blue budgie. Harry Taylor, Harper’s Magazine , 4 Nov. 2021 In fact, members of the parrot family, like budgies and cockatoos, are even better at syncing their movements to a beat than chimpanzees are, wrote Dr. Hattori. Susan Pinker, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2020 Kangaroos, koalas, Tasmanian devils, dingoes, jumping spiders and wild budgies are featured in the Australia episode, according to NPR. Alicia Kortendick, oregonlive, 18 Jan. 2020 Guests can also feed lorikeets, budgies and flamingos throughout the day in the Flights of Fancy area. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, 5 July 2019 Most budgies are green thanks to a yellow pigment, psittacofulvin, mixing with a blue hue created by light bouncing off tiny structures on the birds’ feathers. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, 5 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History


budg(erigar) + -ie

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of budgie was in 1935

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“Budgie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/budgie. Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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bud·​gie ˈbəj-ē How to pronounce budgie (audio)
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